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Rays finally end their losing skid by beating Yankees

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Finally. Relief.

The Tampa Bay Rays won a baseball game at last Sunday afternoon, finally getting enough hitting, enough scoring and enough pitching to return to the win column after losing seven straight ballgames. They beat the New York Yankees, 8-1, scoring the game’s first four and its last four.

The Rays had been fairly creative in all their losing, dropping games on three-run homers and on botched bunt plays. They had won only one of their previous 10 games.

James Loney, Curt Casali and Logan Forsythe had two RBI each in the victory. Erasmo Ramirez pitched six innings of three-hit baseball for his seventh win of the year. The Yankees committed three errors in the game.

Rays outfielder Steven Souza Jr. was hit on the hand late in the contest but stayed in the game. X-rays were negative. Souza is day to day.

The Rays now to travel to Kansas City.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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